Welcome to CHEC

We are a local environmental non-profit established in 1987, with an engaged board of directors and volunteers. We promote environmental conservation, protection and the preservation of our natural areas for today and future generations. Our focus is in the greater Charlotte Harbor and Lemon Bay region. We share these responsibilities with our volunteers, the community and visitors.

CHEC is having a sale.

We received a wonderful gift of a 3 bedroom, 2 bath condo located in the Riverwood gated community. A quick sale would greatly support our programs and prepare for our next school year. A few pictures are available. If you would like to know more, Anita Baltierra with Riverwood Realty (941) 743-9663 is handling the sale

Summer Camps are fast approching!

Check our 2017 camps and register now.


Please help us replace our UTV! Any help is greatly appreciated.

Check out Harbor Style magazine's recent article about us. "For the Love of Nature"

Protection Water Resources, Habitats and Wildlife

Boat trip

Our focus is to provide hands-on programming-on water and land. Our programs are designed for children and adults at all levels of knowledge. We offer wading sea-grass adventures, pontoon boat journeys, guided hikes and more. We seek to strengthen stewardship through environmental education and recreation activities.

Our locations

Caniff Center at Alligator Creek

Alligator Creek Location

Education center at Cedar Point

Cedar Point Location